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The starting point for a 1960's vintage Colt Commander in nickel finish for Brad W.
It's a really nice Colt but just not a great daily carry set up for Brad. So let's change that. First step is always a thorough inspection for any damage or flaws. This one is fine. Not a lot of rounds down range. The slide to frame and barrel fit are not bad. It does lack a VIS cut so we'll do that and the ejector is a little "gappy" so that can be fixed. So off to the stripping tank for the removal of the nickel.

I'll try to post everything here, but sometimes progress shots are posted to our FB page: Derr Precision



 

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What is the frame material?
I ask, because when the Combat Commander (steel frame) first came out, they used "Commander Model" slides. Presumably until they got the "Combat Commander" stamp ground. A salesman told me they made "only" 1200 that way and I should pay list price because they would be "collectors items."
And I have not before seen a Commander in that satin nickel.
 

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This is carbon steel.
That makes it one of those very early Combat Commanders with Commander slide.
1970ish.
It was taken care of or not used much, most of those satin nickel guns look a lot more worn and dirty than the same use on a blue or polished nickel gun.
Black sights not stock.
 

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Looking forward to following along. Always enjoy watching your work come together, the ending is always outstanding.
 

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OK so a bit of an update. I'm not going to build on this one. Its a bit of an unusual Colt. So one client is buying it and replacing it with another Commander the client would like and some cash to help fund this project. The sights were not original so I just happen to have a nickel rear sight and will plate a replacement front sight. So a save and a build all at once.
 

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The original base donor gun was marked "Commander Model" but was a steel framed gun. It would later be marked "Combat Commander" So maybe 2,000 were marked this way. Not super rare, but odd.

So we found a better donor gun a Light Weight Commander in nice shape. First off the grip safety and front sight. In my shop I try to work in groups. So I might work on a number of grip safeties all at once to front sights. Same with rear sights like BoMars which require 6 cutters and 11 steps.




The front sight is a Ted Yost gold line. The grip safety roughed in at this point is ours.
 

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So here I have the Ed Brown "Bobtail" MSH fit. It's staying smooth so I spent a long time smoothing it to match the contour of the frame without removing too much of the Colt LW frame. My bobbed grip safety has also been blended. The thumb safety is also blended to make for easy CC.
 
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